Hiking Tour – Fajã Santo Cristo

Velas, Portugal (0)
from/per person 70.00 
  • Hiking Tours
  • Groups allowed
  • Hotel Pick-up
  • Meal
  • Tour guide
  • Walking


Description

Hiking Tour – Fajã Santo Cristo – Full Day

This is a traditional route to get to Fajã da Caldeira Santo Cristo, situated between the cliffs and the sea. The most impressive in this fajã is its isolation and consequent inaccessibility. However, there are still a few people who remained there after the 1980 earthquake, unwilling to abandon the fajã. Twelve is the number of people living there during the twelve months of the year. The first part of the walk has a distance of 5 km through a valley until we reach the so called Fajã da Caldeira de Cima. In this place, some years ago, the inhabitants of the Fajã da Caldeira de Santo Cristo spent some months in the summer with their families and pets.

Along the way we can appreciate the water mills, which were once used to grind corn and wheat. On reaching Caldeira de Cima, the first of the sixth fajãs we will go on this tour by watching streams that give place to beautiful waterfalls of crystal-clear water, inviting for a swim. If you want to have this amazing experience, we will stop in order to enjoy this gift of nature. Then we follow up to the sightseeing where we will have the first view of the Paradise – Fajã da Caldeira de Santo Cristo. Leaving the valley behind and heading towards Fajã da Caldeira de Santo Cristo, you can have a glimpse at the slope on the east of the island and listen to the explanation of our guides of the formation of all Fajãs.

After a swim in the natural lake and a delicious lunch, let’s take a tour to visit Fajã da Caldeira de Santo Cristo and contact with some locals. Now it is time to complete the trekking of 5 km and go on enjoying the scenery, always followed by the sound of waves that echoes on the cliff all the way to Fajã dos Cubres, passing by Fajã dos Tijolos and Fajã do Belo. Once in Fajã dos Cubres, the finishing point of this tour, we will visit the lagoon where we can, hopefully, observe some migratory birds that use its margins as a way point. We finish with a visit to the church of Nossa Senhora de Lurdes. We’ll leave Fajã dos Cubres in our transfer, going through Fajã da Bitesga and stopping at the sightseeing to say goodbye, with one last photo of this place “blessed by god and nature.”

What’s included

  • Hotel Pick-up from Velas city center;
  • English speaking guide;
  • Trekking poles;
  • Insurance.

Not included

Hotel pick-up outside the city center;

Picnic;

Personal expenses;

Recommended to bring

  • Comfortable footwear for waling;
  • Water, sunglasses, and hat;
  • Sunscreen during spring and summer;
  • Towel and bathing suit;
  • Light jacket all year;
  • Raincoat during winter;
  • Backpack and picnic.

Trail Info

Expected duration: 05H00

Difficulty level: Medium

Distance: 10,0 KM

Minimum age: 08 years

This hike is not recommended for people with knee/joint or ankle problems.

Subject to weather conditions.


Schedule

Everyday
From / To 09.00 - 15.00